Hard Love

I’m joining Lisa-Jo over at The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday.  Here’s how it works:

Want to take five minutes with me and see which ones bubble to the surface?

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing or tweaking.

2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s site and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in Lisa-Jo’s right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard. {And if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to leave you some encouragement}

It’s a great way to exhale at the end of a beautiful week.

The prompt this week is Hard Love . . .

GO

I wonder in awe at God’s love for me.  How could He love me that much?  How could he give His son’s life for me?  Really.  For this broken, tired soul.  He must find loving me hard.

Then I breathe, But His love is unconditional.

Unconditional.

I grasp for meaning in that phrase unconditional love.  The closest understanding I have is my love for my children.

When they are broken and in the darkest and most difficult of places in their growing up, I love them and grieve for them.

When our son began to doubt, when he said he was just unsure about God and everything,  all I could do was trust God.  The God who promises to love no matter what.

In those moments, as a mother, I taste–I glimpse–unconditional love.

It is hard love.

Yet, it is all I know or could possibly have in those moments.

I am ever so grateful for the God of love. 

The One who gave His only son for me.

I am ever so grateful for His unconditional love that washes over me and holds on tightly to my son.

It is . . .   STOP  (I guess you’ll have to finish this for me…)

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Posted on April 22, 2011, in Christianity, Faith, family, God and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. To truly grasp God’s love for us is hard. I am so thankful for God and his love, grace and mercy for me. To think that he suffered so that I might live.

  2. ….FINISHED!! He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Oh thank you Jesus for what you have done for me….my sister….my family….for the world.
    I wish you a very Joyful Easter! Love you! xoxo

  3. I’m praising the Lord with you for His unconditional love!

    Have a blessed Easter celebration.

  4. Elizabeth, I don’t think there was any more to say. You stopped in just the right place. Hard love, Divine love, just is. Peace and Happy Easter, Linda

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